CV990 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Posted (7 years 9 months 1 day 5 hours ago) and read 2241 times:
A few days ago I came up with the fact that maybe 5 B720B's are still in flying condition. I also checked out and maybe two of the special B707-138B are also in flying condition and now I'm comming with the topic of how many "smokers" still fly. A few years ago we had a GE 707-321 that was still flying, unfortunetely that one just "died" a few months ago! But we still have good news, I saw in the A.Net photo engine that at least in 2003 there was a Israeli AF 707-329 still flying..... here goes the photo:
Fantastic and my question would be, how many more left? 707-100/200/300/400's and also DC-8-10/20/30/40's? Are we talking that ONLY THIS Israeli AF old "diesel" is THE LAST MEMBER of this long list?
Any feedback would be greatly appreciated.
MEA-707 From Netherlands, joined Nov 1999, 4117 posts, RR: 37 Reply 2, posted (7 years 9 months 1 day 4 hours ago) and read 2158 times:
I think CV990, the poster, referred to the non fan versions of the 707 and DC-8.
The JT3D fan-jetted 707-300Bs, 300Cs and DC-8-50s and 60s are still around, although in dwindling numbers.
Checking airlinerlist.com and other sources, there have been no DC-8-10s to
-40s flying for about 10 years. The Israeli Air Force should operate about 4 to 5 early non fan 707s, although one , 4X-JYL/140, has been converted to fans only recently. These early 707s are seldom seen outside Israel as they are so noisy. Israeli VIPS for instance use fairly recent and hushkitted 707-300Cs on their trips.
No Avon engined Comets and Caravelles have flown since 2000, although one of each is potentially airworthy.
A few nonfan KC-135s are still flying, although most are withdrawn or reengined.
nobody has ever died from hard work, but why take the risk?
CV990 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Reply 3, posted (7 years 9 months 1 day 3 hours ago) and read 2079 times:
Thanks for yr. update. Very interesting the fact that the "bird" I showed is now a turbofan one. Does this mean that this 707 is still keeping the large tail fin?
Do you know the registrations of the other 4 or 5 "diesel" ones?
4holer From United States of America, joined Feb 2002, 2845 posts, RR: 10 Reply 4, posted (7 years 9 months 19 hours ago) and read 1818 times:
I know that in the States, the past year or so has seen the last flights of the straight pipe B-52 at Edwards and the "Vomit Comet".
Unless a miracle happens and Lost Birds gets that CV880 off the ground in Mojave, I think we may have seen the last of the large non-fanjets over here. (A few old fighters on the airshow circuit I believe?)
CV990 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Reply 5, posted (7 years 9 months 18 hours ago) and read 1755 times:
I had the chance to visit Edwards AFB in September 2003 in their open house day and I saw that B52B there!!!! Extraordinary airplane, I had my 2 sons with me and I told them that B52 was older than me and them!!!! They were quite impressed. The plane looked really old but at the same time it's almost like a lost tresure in the 21st. century!!! Just to celebrate here it goes one of his pics: